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Discovery Cove, Orlando

#10 of 106 in Theme Parks in Florida
Must see · Water Park · Theme Park
Swim with bottlenose dolphins at Discovery Cove, a theme park that provides a more relaxing experience than the nearby mammoth entertainment complexes. You can interact with exotic birds in the free-flight aviary or explore the tranquil world of private beaches and heated outdoor pools. The park also contains a coral reef, where you can use the provided equipment to snorkel with thousands of tropical fish. To see the park's highlights quickly, take a boat ride down a tropical river running through the aviary and past sandy beaches, waterfalls, and rainforests. The park only admits a limited number of guests each day, so make your reservations well in advance. Add Discovery Cove and other attractions to your Orlando trip itinerary using our Orlando trip planning tool.
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  • Had trip scheduled for November 2020, due to covid-19 the trip was cancelled due to resort shutting down for all reservations. Called Discovery in June to get my refund they suggested to reschedule.....  more »
  • First, the good: The park is very pretty, and a lot of details are well thought out. There are towels everywhere in the shower areas, and also many bins for used towels. All showers come equipped...  more »
  • Such a great day!!! Our 9 and 11 year old both loved it, too. I'm glad we waited until they were a little older to do this - need to be able to swim confidently to get the most of the reef area. Dolphin experience was amazing, even though it drizzled during our time. You don't actually swim with dolphins but closely interact. We loved the grand reef- visit the shark wall!!! Also, visit the aviary early so the birds aren't full- it was fun to feed them! The lazy river has warmer water. There are drop offs and toe stubbing areas, so be vigilant. We loved that parking, food, drinks and snacks were included. Overall, a good value. If you want photos, package with digital rights starts at $199. Wish we'd had the heads up on that! Staff was friendly and helpful. Definitely had a "resort" vibe, not theme park, which makes this the perfect balance to other experiences in the area. Highly recommend!!!!
  • I would describe this is as the perfect Caribbean beach getaway. You really are transported to a tropical destination. No need to bring anything as everything is provided and every last detail is thought out. It was paradise. The service is top notch and the friendless of the staff was impressive. They showed us a lot of hospitality upon arrival. Facilities are very clean and showers are also available. All the free food and drinks you can consume. The only thing that I didn’t like was that they ran a 50% Off promotion the day after I purchased my tickets. I called prior to purchasing and was told there were no available promotions. I called back to complain about this and also spoke to a manger at the park about it. I requested a credit towards a future visit but their response was an offer to come back the next day for 50% off which was the offer they had on their website. I would have happily paid for a second day but I didn’t appreciate having my intelligence insulted and declined their offer. Aside from this, I was extremely impressed with this park. Unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.

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